Larry Roberts
Fayette County Attorney

201 East Main Street
Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone:
(859) 254-4941

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DRUG COURT

In September, 2013, Drug Court was started in the Fayette District Court in order to target individuals who were addicted to heroin. At this point, a majority of the participants are referred by our office due to their addiction to heroin, but they must be approved by Drug Court personnel in order to participate in the program.

District Court Judge Julie Goodman oversees Drug Court. Participants are required to attend AA or NA meetings, attend group sessions, complete writing assignments, submit to random drug tests, obtain a job or attend unemployment group, and meet with their caseworkers. Participants in need of in-patient treatment receive it without cost. If these terms are not met, or a participant commits a new offense while in Drug Court, sanctions are imposed on the participant. Those sanctions vary from writing a paper, community service to jail time. If there is restitution to be paid to a victim, the restitution and the court costs are required to be paid while in Drug Court. Those individuals who do not have a high school diploma are provided the opportunity to work with a specialist to assist them in obtaining their GED.

In Drug Court, we see lives transformed by participation in the program and living a drug-free life. Participants see individuals just like themselves, who are struggling from addiction, and they form a common bond in order to assist each other. Many families have been restored; participants begin to maintain consistent employment; housing is obtained; and participants continue their education that had been abandoned for drugs. Upon completion of Drug Court, the record of the conviction is expunged; however, they have a lifetime to remember how Drug Court changed their lives.